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Trial starts in child sex trafficking case
One co-defendant sentenced before trial
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Hall County Court Appointed Special Advocate Alina Basha tears up as she gives testimony Tuesday morning in Hall County Superior Court during the sex trafficking trail of Gainesville residents Maria Mercedes Vasquez-Quiroz and Digno de Jesus Mejia.

Jury selection began Monday in the case of two Gainesville residents charged with the sex trafficking of a girl.

Maria Mercedes Vasquez-Quiroz and Digno de Jesus Mejia were indicted in February 2014 in alleged connection to the trafficking of a girl younger than 10 for sexual servitude.

“I would ask each and every one of you to have a brave heart,” said Hall County Assistant District Attorney Shiv Sachdeva to the jury pool before entering a round of general questions.

Vasquez-Quiroz was charged with rape, aggravated child molestation, child molestation, first-degree child cruelty, enticing a child for indecent purposes, trafficking a person for sexual servitude and aggravated sodomy.

Mejia was charged with child molestation, first-degree child cruelty, enticing a child for indecent purposes, trafficking of a person for sexual servitude and rape.

A co-defendant in the February 2014 indictment, Junior Alexander Delcid-Leon, received his sentence last week.

Delcid-Leon was charged with child molestation, aggravated child molestation, first-degree child cruelty, aggravated sodomy and rape.

Attempts to confirm details of Delcid-Leon’s sentencing with Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh on Monday were unsuccessful.

Vasquez-Quiroz and Mejia were aided by Spanish-language interpreters in the courtroom Monday.

Lee Parks and Tom Csider are the attorneys for Mejia and Vasquez-Quiroz, respectively.

The case will be heard in Judge Jason Deal’s courtroom.

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